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1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia vs. 2001 Volkswagen Microbus

To start off, 2001 Volkswagen Microbus is newer by 39 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia would be higher. At 2,553 cc (5 cylinders), 2001 Volkswagen Microbus is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Volkswagen Microbus (134 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 91 more horse power than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (43 HP @ 4100 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2001 Volkswagen Microbus should accelerate faster than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Volkswagen Microbus weights approximately 820 kg more than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2001 Volkswagen Microbus (201 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 115 more torque (in Nm) than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (86 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2001 Volkswagen Microbus will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.

Compare all specifications:

1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 2001 Volkswagen Microbus
Make Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model Karmann-Ghia Microbus
Year Released 1962 2001
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1285 cc 2553 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 43 HP 134 HP
Engine RPM 4100 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 86 Nm 201 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 840 kg 1660 kg
Vehicle Length 4200 mm 4670 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1960 mm
Wheelbase Size 2430 mm 2470 mm


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